And now for your wholesome news of the day: Shigeyuki Hiroki, the Japanese ambassador to Sweden since October 2018, loves Pikachu so much he sees Pokémon‘s mascot as a son. This heartwarming declaration hailed from a surprise tweet yesterday morning, and while it’s in Swedish, Kotaku comes to the rescue with a translation:
Första gången jag såg Pikachu kändes det som att han var min son. När Pokémon Go släpptes 2016 fick Pikachu och de andra figurerna miljontals
nya vänner världen över. Nu vill jag gärna se filmen om Detective Pikachu.#Sverige #Pikachu #Pokemon #DetectivePikachu #PokemonGO pic.twitter.com/2dbDRomtiV
— Japans Ambassadör i Sverige (@japanisverige) May 6, 2019
“The first time I saw Pikachu, I felt that he was my son. When Pokémon Go came out in 2016, Pikachu and the other millions of figures got new friends around the world. Now I will gladly see the Detective Pikachu movie.”
While “millions of figures” might be hyperbole, it’s humbling to witness such love from a government figure; personally, I feel something of a kinship with Mr. Hiroki, as I bear similar feelings for Nintendo’s Kirby. Perhaps Mr. Hiroki could spare similar affection for the much-maligned Sonic the Hedgehog movie design? Granted, director Jeff Fowler mentioned they’re renovating that ill-received monstrosity, but we imagine nothing will satisfy the fatigued Sonic fanbase at this point.
Regardless, do you indulge in paternal devotion towards adorable game characters? Let us know in the comments below!